We all care about water. With water making up 71% of Earth we would be foolish not to. But the distinction between caring about water and caring for water is an important one. When we pollute water, we are the ones who lack clean water. Caring for water is a must if we want to guarantee healthy lives for all.
Harike wetland is home to many rare and incredible species, including the smooth-coated otter, the Indus river dolphin, and the gharials. Yet all remain in peril if we remain unable to alter our relationship with the natural world.
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve is located in one of the remotest regions of India in Uttarakhand. But its fast depleting glaciers, due to climate change, threaten to undermine the wellbeing of South Asia.
Neknampur Lake in Hyderabad was previously a weed-choked mixture of chemical pollutants and domestic sewage. Now, although it may be mistaken that water hyacinth has consumed Neknampur Lake, this could not be further from the truth.
According to NITI Aayog, Chennai and 20 other Indian cities could have no access to drinking water by 2030. Mismanagement and land degradation are colliding with climate change.
Pallikaranai wetland is the only surviving wetland ecosystem of the city of Chennai. Yet everyday, 2,000 tonnes of waste are dumped into its marshes.
There is still scope for recovery, but only if the degradation is stemmed now.
A few years ago, Arasankazhani Lake represented the negative impact humanity can have on nature. Now, it represents a fine example of collaborative conservation. That with time and determination nature can be restored.
Adambakkam Lake ought to offer a much needed place for flood water to drain into during the monsoon. However, due to a neglect which extends for nearly a decade, Adambakkam Lake, a once pristine lifeline, now resembles a swamp.
Sampangi Lake represents a story of how a beautiful lake (which once supported several different communities) was lost and what we can learn from this.
Loktak Lake is considered the lifeline of the State of Manipur. Famous for phumdis, it is home to the world’s only floating National Park and the world’s most endangered deer, the Sangai.